Longboard Magazine visitors: Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian

Longboard Magazine visitors: Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian

Last week we had the pleasure to host two rad skaters from the Banana Longboarding crew; Jakob Grasmann (Moonshine MFG) and Philip Tankarian (Layback Freiburg Skateshop). Together with our local shredder Benjamin Sabol (KebbeK Skateboards) they spent three days banging some of our sweetest home spots.

Jakob’s and Philip’s original plan was to travel to Italy but for some reason that didn’t work out and they decided to visit us instead. We were stoked to hear that they would like to spend some time with us and discover what else Slovenia has to offer besides the Bear’s Guts.

Only a few days earlier we acquired a new Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera and this was a great opportunity to do a few test shots with some great young talent.

Philip Tankarian coming in sideways as seen in the video
Philip Tankarian coming in sideways as seen in the video

Watching Benjamin skate with Jakob and Philip was really something special and I know that he was extra excited too because usually he doesn’t get to skate with other people that often besides myself. Slovenia has a very small downhill skateboarding scene.

On the first day we hit one of the steepest hills in the area to warm up. Short run with seven corners, the smoothest pavement around and a 22% grade made a great first impression on the guys.

We played it safe and skated with the radio stations. That provided some extra comfort and a sense of security, so the runs were fully sent one after another. The guys totally ripped it.

Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol
Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol

After a bunch of drops we moved to another spot in the area where we stayed until the sunset. Compared to the first one, this spot has pretty much the same surface but it’s less intense. The guys liked the more relaxed runs as the first spot took its toll.

In the evening, we were pretty smashed; the guys from skating, me from filming and driving, Nadia from taking photos and our dog Era from the heat. It was a great day but we were even more excited about the next day…

Philip Tankarian and Benjamin Sabol entering a corner on a 8 km long mountain road.
Philip Tankarian and Benjamin Sabol entering a corner on a 8 km long mountain road.

The next morning we took off a bit earlier so that the guys could skate a nice mellow run for a couple of times and warm up before hitting the 8 kilometres long mountain road we had scheduled down on the coast.

Philip Tankarian, Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol lining up the slides for the shot.
Philip Tankarian, Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol lining up the slides for the shot.

It’s needless to point out that they enjoyed this spot the most, but I had to anyway. Narrow as f***, smooth surface and top speed close to 70kmh. This track is the No Man’s Land’s “smaller brother from another mother”.

Me (Mihael Zadravec) getting ready to shoot a scene.
Me (Mihael Zadravec) getting ready to shoot a scene.

As the traffic started picking up at around 15 p.m., we stopped to film on one section and once we were done we moved to a spot on the other side of the valley.

Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol
Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol

Steep repaved and banked hairpins with a smooth tarmac were just perfect for getting a couple of shots during the “magic hour”. You can see that in the video as well…

The forecast for the last day was not so great, but we decided to give it a try anyway. We felt lucky as only half of the country had rain, so we just decided to go to a spot which was in the other half, but as soon as we got there it started raining.

Jakob and Philip had to catch a bus in the afternoon and we only had 3 hours left to skate. I took a look at the “rain radar image” and was happy to see that it hasn’t been raining on a spot which was only half-hour drive away.

Jakob Grasmann sliding through a steep hairpin as seen in the video.
Jakob Grasmann sliding through a steep hairpin as seen in the video.

It was a spot that I had marked to checkout for a while now, but never made it there. Once we arrived, the excitement went off the charts. The road was dry and packed with steep drops into even steeper hairpins with some sweepers in between. A real gem.

The guys had some runs there and I got another chance to tryout some new shots and angles as seen in the video…We couldn’t get enough of it so we ended the session fairly late but we managed to get to the bus just minutes before it left.

So yeah…We had a great time together and it was really nice to hang out with Jakob and Philip…I hope that they will return sometimes soon. If not, we’ll meet at KnK again anyway 😉

Peace out my brothas!

Riders featured in the video
Philip Tankarian (Layback Freiburg Skateshop)
Jakob Grasmann (Moonshine MFG)
Benjamin Sabol (KebbeK Skateboards)

Film & edit
Mihael Zadravec (Longboard Magazine)

Photography
Nadia Hozić (Longboard Magazine)

Music
FM Attack – Sleepless Nights

Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

The year is almost over and as winter slowly starts to take over, it is time to take a look back to this amazing season, which of course does not mean we stopped skating, because fortunately the roads over here are still dry and snow free. Probably even snow would not keep us away from doing it, but deep down we all wish the summer back, especially with all this great memories and the certainty, that 2016 is going to top it again.

The BananaCrew, located in Vienna enjoyed the season on their favourite homespots, explored tons of new roads and had an amazing time during all the events skating the sickest mountain passes that Europe has to offer.

First we joined the High-Black-Corner-Jam in Berchtesgaden organised by Rollbrett Salzburg, where the riders basically had a downhill skatepark with some sweet hairpins for sliding.

Jakob Grasmann at Graveyard Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding
Jakob Grasmann at Cementary Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding

After that, it was time for the BigMountainSkate event series, which started with the by now infamous Alpenrauschen, a really fast and dangerous track.

Next stop was the KNK Longboard Camp, a six-day-long event in Slovenia, where we had countless runs on the Bear. The fact that it was our third time at KNK, shows how much fun this road is.

Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles
Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles

Then, in August, there was Bela Joyride, again well organised by the BMS Crew, providing the stoked skaters a 6km long rollercoaster with 16, mostly banked hairpins. The name speaks for itself!

Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography
Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography

Finally there was the well known LoRaLo, a freeride and race at the same time, with a night slide jam and mini ramp contest, which fulfils all a downhill skater could ever wish for. About two month ago we organised a little slide jam on one of our favourite slide spots in Vienna, which was a lot of fun too.

And to top it of, between all these events we skated the wonderful BananaLand!

Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding
Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding

So you can imagine how stoked we are about the past season! Some of this great skate moments are captured in our 2015 Compilation and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Big thanks goes the the awesome downhill community in general, and especially to the BigMountainSkate Crew, Rollbrett Salzburg and Longboard Magazine!


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